This week, I lost something that came only recently into my life, made a great impression, and then left me as quickly as it arrived.
Our free preview of the German television channel Schlager TV came to an end this week. Prior tot he preview I’d never even heard of Schlager music. The Guardian describes schlager as “Germany’s most embarrassing music genre”. I’d describe it as German folk music meets euro-pop. Think of a oom-pah-pah band (accordions, lederhosen, and all) meets cool, nordic Abba wannabees.
My family would watch Schlager for hours. Although some videos presented more contemporary representations, most presented the Germanic nostalgic stereotypes – like this postcard I got from the Black Forest:
Don’t ask what the caption says, it’s more fun to leave it to your imagination.
Like myself, some fans of schlager embrace kitsch. Here is a good sample of such offerings from Schlager TV:
For some reason, Falco seems to be the patron saint of Schlager TV – even though I don’t think he is a good fit. (Yes, I loved his “Rock Me Amadeus” song years ago). But this Falco video is an excellent parody of the stereotypes:
Schlager TV – you were a breath of fresh air in our multi-channel universe. Auf wiedersehen…